Monday, August 2, 2010

Getting dirty with the girls

0600: wake up
0625: really wake...put on Eric's old BDU pants, one of his under armor shirts, and pull on my old work boots
0645: do a mental check, did I forget anything??
0655: meet Terri & Kayla outside
0700: load in the truck and head out to Camp Rudder...the Florida phase of Army Ranger School
0730: awesome breakfast in the DFAC...all for the low low price of $2.70!
0830: the start of an HOOOOOAH day!!

This year I once again braved the swamps in NW Florida, and brought along my neighbors, Terri & Kayla, for the experience. I knew that this would be my 4th, and final, appearance so I wanted to make it count!

We had a blast, and I have to say that Terri was probably the most excited person there! She was always at the head of the crowd when moving from place to place, and touched every snake and alligator she could get her hands on.


We shot guns...


crossed the water on a rope bridge...


attached to our safety lines...


ate MRE's...


paddled down the Yellow River in Zodiacs...


and brought a little of the swamp back with us...



We then headed to the showers to get ready for the BBQ. And...I jinxed myself. I kept telling the girls that every year I forget something (bra, underwear, shoes). I was so proud of myself at the beginning of the morning because I packed my bag the night before. So, all clean I take my bag to the bathroom to change...which is when I discovered I shouldn't have been so confident. I always say "go big, or go home," and I did just that. I forgot my jeans. I was mortified, and laughing hysterically. One girl suggested I just wrap a towel around my waist and people will just think I have a swimsuit on. So, I did that, but headed to the little shopette to hopefully buy some shorts or pants...and they were closed. I then did the walk of shame back to the truck, opened my filthy trash bag with my swamp clothes, and put my nasty pants back on.

We hung around for about 30 min but they were running behind on getting the food ready, so we decided to just grab our t-shirts and head home.

I had a great time, and look forward to this event every year. Thanks ladies for going with me!!

View all the pictures of our adventure here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=465403&id=736160042&l=ddc972e449

6 comments:

Kristina P. said...

That is very, very cool.

Missy said...

That looks like so much fun!

Cheeseboy said...

This is like one of those commercials that make the army look fun. It's not really like that, is it? If it is, I want in!

blueviolet said...

That had to have been a blast to spend the day out with the girls! What an invigorating day you had! Sorry about the pants though!

Vic and Al said...

Tell me that wasn’t a REAL snake!!!!!!!! I would have passed out. That is the one thing I just can’t handle. Big pat on the back Mar, you have WAY bigger cajones than I could dream of!!! I will be having night mares of that snake tonight!

Queenie Jeannie said...

You are so brave!!! I wouldn't dare do that kinda stuff!